Vanessa Brown is an award-winning anchor, reporter and host. She has been recognized a combined eight times by the Associated Press and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association – most recently earning 1st place AP honors for “spot news”, “enterprise” and “feature” reporting. She has also led a news team to multiple “best newscast” honors.
Vanessa has been anchoring the evening news for KLKN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Lincoln, NE since 2010. Before her move to the midwest, she served as a live shot reporter and backpack journalist for KDAF-TV in Dallas, TX. While there, she also produced and hosted a weekly community affairs show called “DFW Closeup.” As a general assignment reporter, Vanessa covered everything from devastating wildfires in Montana and Idaho and to NFL Pro Day and the Dallas Cowboys. When twin EF4 tornadoes leveled Pilger, Nebraska, she was on scene providing extensive live coverage.
Upon graduating from Florida State University, Vanessa pursued her broadcasting dream as a member of the prestigious NBCUniversal Page Program in New York City. While at NBC, she held assignments with The Today Show, Suze Orman and The NBC Agency. One of her most memorable moments was spending the day helping broadcasting legend Tim Russert, while he taped an interview with future U.S. Senator, Al Franken.
When not working, Vanessa loves to give back to the local community. She is often requested to emcee formal events – and has done so yearly for the BBB, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society. She’s also a certified volunteer youth fishing instructor for Nebraska Game and Parks, so you might catch her at the lake. You may also find her at a football game or on the slopes – because she loves to travel!